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BA in Multidisciplinary Art
Therapist as Southdown Housing Association
Sessional Art Psychotherapist
From April 2012
I work sessionally in the community as a art psychotherapist in Southdown Housing Association with adults that have learning difficulties and autism. I am responsible for arranging initial assessment, risk assessments, clinical supervision, documentation and liaising with health care professional. I provide written Initial assessments, review and discharge reports.
My approach is combing art psychotherapy and In Intensive interaction. The areas I work on with the these clients are:
Offers an alternative means of self expression.
Opportunity to express themselves and their feelings about life events.
Clients can physically act out strong emotions in a safe and appropriate way using art materials
(i.e. tearing paper or squashing/thumping clay)
Develop social and communication difficulties.
Help develop self image and a sense of identity in relation to others.
Encouraged to make choices.
Specialist Occupational therapist Technision
From January 2004
I work in a multi-disciplinary team providing specialist therapy in the Occupational Therapy department. Our patients suffer from stroke, MS, brain injury and other neurological conditions and diseases. These patients often experience mental health problems as a result of their physical trauma, and suffer from a wide range of speech, language and communication and cognitive difficulties. We also work with individuals who have learning disability that have a history of stroke and neurological conditions.
I manage individual referrals and run groups such as arts and crafts, relaxation, fatigue management and gardening. I have been central in developing therapy groups in the OT department and I continue to promote the role of these groups in our centre. I have developed a group referral form and documentation system for future audits and evidence-based practice. I carry a caseload of group referrals, and see patients on an individual basis. I attend goal-planning meeting, and assist in discharge reports.
I attend weekly review and case management meetings, providing input regarding patients’ progress in individual and group therapy. In these meetings I recommend therapies in the centre when appropriate for each patient, such as music therapy and neuropsychology. I give feedback to the team in deciding the best course of therapy for each patient’s needs.
I completed pilot project for two years, as a co-therapist for the Wolfson Centre's weekly music therapy group, assisting a professional music therapist. I also was a facilitator for music and dance companies to run activities with the patients at the Wolfson.
I have a full size allotment and its buzzing full of life...
Qualifications & Certifications
Goldsmiths, University of London
Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University
Wimbledon College of Art
Alpha Secondary School
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